In Tuscaloosa, a county of Alabama in the United States, some students attend parties to get intentionally infected with COVID-19.
Authorities have been left miffed by the discovery of the irresponsible behaviour by some students in the county.
Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Chief Randy Smith said Tuesday that officials of the city have been able to confirm incidents of students who know their COVID-19 statuses to be positive but still chose to attend parties and other gatherings within the county.
“We thought that was kind of a rumor at first,” said Smith, who is heading the city of Tuscaloosa’s Incident Command team in response to the coronavirus. “We did some additional research. Not only did the doctors’ offices help confirm it, but the state confirmed they also had the same information.”
Smith did not reveal what universities these students attended or the parties they were seen in.
“They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” McKinstry told the network. “They’re intentionally doing it,” Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry told ABC News
Cases of COVID-19 have been increasing in Alabama with the new discovery leading authorities to a possible guess of the reason behind it.
McKinstry further told ABC News that officials want to prevent these sorts of parties, but the task is challenging as the students have failed to follow the guidelines set against COVID-19.
“When you’re dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they’re spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?” McKinstry said.
There are over 2.6million cases of COVID-19 in the US, and 128,000 people have died as a result of the virus. While government officials may be battling the pandemic, youths and some elderly people are still seen in different parts of the country holding pool parties and attending beaches.